Today's Defence news includes an Op Ed in The Sunday Telegraph from Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood and reporting of the low gender pay gap in the Armed Forces.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood describes a more complex and unpredictable world and constantly evolving threats, pointing out how these could damage the UK economy if left unchecked, and asserting that ‘old-fashioned’ military force still matters. He argues that the National Security and Capability Review is an opportunity to equip the country for the future, but that this must not be at the expense of conventional capabilities.
In a separate article in the paper, the Op Ed is linked to speculation that the Prime Minister is preparing to postpone a decision over funding for the military until later in the year and a House of Commons debate on the subject due to take place on Thursday.
Gender Pay Gap
Amongst widespread reporting of the gender pay gap following the publication of figures from over 500 organisations, The Times, The Independent and BBC report that the Armed Forces has one of the lowest recorded (0.9%) gaps between the mean hourly rate of pay between men and women.
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